Fire Emblem Three Houses is a Strategy-Role Playing Game developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo. The game gives you a rich story to enjoy and many different characters that are incredibly memorable. Other than that, you will also be treated with amazing cut scenes, voice acting, and enjoyable gameplay mechanics.

Story

The story takes place in the continent of Fódlan and there are various factions that control it. The main character is Byleth, who is a mercenary that ends up teaching in a military academy controlled by a neutral faction. At some point in the story, the player must decide which faction that he or she wishes to help.

The choices you make affect the overall story and ending of the game. Luckily, you can replay the game as many times as you like if you wish to understand the entirety of Fire Emblem Three Houses. If you’re into a rich and deep story, then you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Headquarters

Early in the game, the player will be introduced to Garreg Mach Monastery, which is your headquarters. In the monastery, you get to do everything and anything that will help you prepare your army for battle. You can essentially buy items, weapon and armor at the monastery or you can hire mercenaries to buff up your units. In fact, you can even recruit additional units to your army or you can choose to improve the main character’s abilities.

There’s a lot to do at the monastery and it is definitely overwhelming at first. However, there’s only a limited amount of actions that you can do when you’re at the monastery. Of course, the number of actions will increase if you increase the Professor level. Luckily, the Professor level will increase if you do side quests and other activities at the monastery.

During your time at the monastery, it is important for the player to prepare for the upcoming event or battle. The game has its own calendar and it will tell you important information that you can use to prepare. The important events and battles that progresses the game’s story will usually happen at the end of each month. If you fail to prepare, you will have an incredibly tough time completing the battles.

Management

Three Houses requires the player to manage a lot of things within the game including their actions. At the end of each week in a month, the player is given several options that will help in the upcoming challenge. You may explore the monastery, participate in optional battles, attend a seminar, and rest.

  • If you explore the monastery, you get to do a lot of activities within the monastery.
  • If you choose to participate in optional battles, you will gain experience and level up your units.
  • If you attend a seminar, you’re improving a unit’s expertise with a weapon or skill.

Finally, if you choose to rest, then you will improve overall morale for your army. The game offers a lot of choices to the players but managing your army takes a lot of good decision making.

Battle Preparation

For a strategy, there’s definitely a lot more management that needs to be done, but that’s basically what makes this genre fun. Before you get into battle, you will see a radial menu with several choices. You can pick out a unit that you wish to deploy into battle, but you can’t send them all since there’s a limit.

It’s also possible to reposition where the units are placed in the map which is quite nice.

You can also manage the inventory of each unit that you have in your army.

If you want to, then you can also save your game and buy stuff from the market.

If you’re wonder about the support menu, it let’s you see conversations between each character that you have recruited. There’s a lot of choices to make and we can tell that the game really wants you to prepare.

Combat

The combat in Fire Emblem Three Houses uses a tile based movement system. If you don’t understand what this means, it is probably similar to that of a chess board.

However, each unit has a different movement range and it changes based on the unit’s stats. In every turn, you can choose to move each of your units around the map. You may also choose not to move all of them and you won’t be penalized for it.

If you move your unit next to the enemy, you can choose to attack. Once you choose to attack, you will be able to choose the weapon that is in the possession of your unit. In this game, weapons have durability and the weapon breaks once the durability reaches zero.

There are other modes of attacking an enemy. For example, you can use a skill which is more powerful, but it uses up more of your weapon’s durability. There is also a new feature, gambit, which is a cool attack where the troops of your units will attack at the same time.

Once you carefully made your choice, you will get to see the battle unfold before your eyes. While you have many options to defeat your enemies, you will still get your units killed if the enemy is too powerful.

Of course, it is also possible to win the stage by using your strongest unit, but you might lose out on good experience that way. The combat isn’t too complicated and it can be very enjoyable if you love these types of games.

Tips

  • Focus on leveling up the Professor level since it lets you do more actions at the monastery.
  • Complete as many side quests as possible and do as many optional battles for experience.
  • Talk to the characters at the monastery since they can sometimes give you something useful.
  • While you are in battle, you can press the + button to zoom in on the battlefield.
  • Move units next to each other, so that they can gain bonus effects.

Verdict

Fire Emblem Three Houses is amazing and there’s lots of replay value because it has multiple endings.

There’s a lot to do in Fire Emblem Three Houses and we think it’s definitely one of its best features.

We definitely recommend playing Fire Emblem Three Houses if you want to experience an amazing story.

Game Statistics

Difficulty: 3 to 5

Endings: 4

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Developers: Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo

  • Graphics
  • Game Play
  • Enjoyment
  • Story
  • Replay Value
4.8

Summary

Strategy role playing game set in a medieval fantasy setting.

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